Monday, July 11, 2005

Can't Find Your Card? Bondoogle It!

TOTH to "Whoever" for the following:

Can't find your card? Bondoogle it!

This page reveals the secret behind Bondoogle, an extremely effective card trick in the guise of a popular search engine. Bondoogle is the ultimate "Google Hack" for magicians.

The basic effect:

1. Ask a spectator to pick a card.
2. Fail to ascertain what it is.
3. Turn to Google for help. In Google, you type in "What is it?"
4. Google returns search results that reveal the card.

Bondoggle will also perform a Google Image search, in which case you will get images of the card.
How it works:

1. Bookmark the following URL on your browser (or set your home page to it). This is a fake Google of the originator's own (devious) construction.

Note: If you like, you may hide the address bar in your browser, but when performed properly, no one will notice that the address is different.

2. Have the user select a card and covertly determine what the card is, using your favorite method. I use an ordered deck. You use any method you like.

3. Make a few bad guesses.

4. Go to the fake Google page. If you like, you can click on the "Images" button to do an image search (this way you get pictures of the card). Otherwise, it does a regular google search that returns text results.

5. In the input field, type a slash (/), a two-letter card code (codes are explained below), and another slash (/).

For example, if the card is the four of clubs, you would type:

To the user it will appear as if you typed "What." Then finish the rest of the question, phrasing it any way you like, such as "What is it?"

When you hit the search button, Google will perform a search on the phrase "four of clubs", or whatever card you covertly input. The two letter card code is a rank, followed by a suit. Ranks are: a,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,1,j,q,k. Suits are h,d,c,s (first letter of the suit). For example to encode "ten of diamonds" you might type:

/1d/ is the card?

6. You may use either the web search, or the image search. Note that this page will behave more or less like normal Google if you don't type the slash.

Sick of card tricks? The trick can also be used for a mind-reading effect, using the same technique (originaly used in my 1995 program "Orville"). If the secret phrase you type is longer than 2 letters, Bondoogle will search for that phrase, whatever it is. You can use this for a good visual mind-reading act.

For example:

Magician: "Name your favorite movie star."

Spectator: "Charlize Theron."

Magician types (to Google): "What is it that I am thinking of?"Google shows images of Charlize Theron.




Blogger Sudipta Das said...

Well, I do magic often and sometimes for events. I was recently asked if I would be able to entertain at a lawn/ garden party. I was wondering what kind of magic I should do for this event. Difficulty is not an issue, but the demonstrations can't be too geared for stage performances, because this has to be fairly casual and unprepared. But, however, they can't be too simple, like easy coin and card magic. What types of magic tricks would you recommend for a Garden/ Lawn Party?

Sudipta das
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